Note: William McKennan, son of Rev. William and --- (Wilson) McKennan, was born in Delaware in 1758. He was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Thomas Kean's company of Colonel Samuel Patterson's battalion of the "Flying Camp" in June, 1776, and second lieutenant in Colonel Hall's Delaware regiment, Continental Line, November 29, 1776, and became first lieutenant, April 5, 1777, and captain in 1780. He was in service in the neighborhood of Amboy, under General Hugh Mercer, in 1776, and participated in the invasion of Staten Island, under General Sullivan, in 1777; also he was in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and in winter quarters at Wilmington, Delaware, under General Smallwood, 1777-78. His regiment joined the main army at Valley Forge in May, 1778, and participated in the battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778. After a long season of inactivity on the Hudson and in New Jersey the regiment took part in the southern campaign under General Lincoln, in 1780, Captain McKennan being one of its most efficient officers. After this unfortunate campaign Captain McKennan with several others was sent to Delaware on recruiting service, where he arrived in December, 1780. In August, 1781, he was with one of the detachments ordered to join the army for the Yorktown campaign, actively participating in that movement, and being present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. After the surrender, with the troops of General St. Clair, he marched to join the army in South Carolina, under General Greene, where he arrived with the Delaware detachment of which he had command after a long, fatiguing march, January 1, 1782. In South Carolina his detachment joined William Washington's legion. He remained in the south in active service during the remainder of the war, and was in command of the Delaware detachment on its return to his native state in January, 1783. The march was long and wearisome. Leaving headquarters on the Ashley river where he lay encamped, and taking up its march by the way of Camden, Salisbury and Petersburg, the detachment crossed the James river at Carter's Ferry, pushed on through Maryland, and in exactly two months after the date of its departure from the main southern army, arrived at Christiana creek, near Newcastle. Here the battalion was encamped until October of the same year when it was permanently disbanded. Captain McKennan, then in command, was appointed to settle and adjust the accounts of the officers and men of the battalion with the United States auditor, as also "to issue both certificates for past services as well as land warrants to the individuals claiming, or their attorneys for them, which duty he performed to the general satisfaction". After the war he was a resident of the state of Delaware for a time, and there was a colonel of the state militia until he removed to West Virginia. He was the first secretary of the Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati, and serving from 1784 to 1795. In 1798 he removed to Charleston, now Wellsburg, West Virginia, and in 1800 to West Middletown, Washington county, Pennsylvania. In 1801 he was appointed prothonotary of the county by Governor McKean, and took up his residence in Washington, the county seat, where he lived until his death. He was a trustee of Washington Academy and Washington College. He died January 14, 1810, from the effects of a wound received in the battle of Germantown in the war of the Revolution. --- Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania
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